[CentOS] why type "perl -MCPAN -e shell" -> "install XML::Simple" on CentOS 5?

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Wed Oct 31 13:00:24 UTC 2007

Rogelio wrote:
> On 10/30/07, Jim Perrin <jperrin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 10/30/07, Rogelio <scubacuda at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I'm running nmap2nagios.pl, and I notice that on CentOS 5, I had to
>>> run the following to get it working (when I didn't have to do the same
>>> on CentOS 4)
>>> perl -MCPAN -e shell
>>> (answer questions)
>>>> install XML::Simple
>>> Why is that?
>> Because for some insane reason you chose to go about things the hard
>> (and potentially dangerous) way instead of 'yum install
>> perl-XML-Simple' from the base repository.
> Actually, I did install it that way, and for whatever reason, it
> wasn't working, so I googled, and someone suggested doing it that way.
> I'm wondering if perhaps this is because there was a package conflict
> when I enabled the DAG / RPMforge repository?  When I did an "rpm -qa
> | grep perl", all of those packages were enabled.  To be sure, I did a
> "yum install perl-*" and grabbed everything.  Still nothing, so I did
> it manually.

Is this an i386 or x86_64 install of CentOS.  If x86_64, it might be a
problem with having the wrong package installed and perl looking in
lib64 instead of lib for something ... or any number of other potential

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